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Dr. Richard Scartozzi

Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
Danbury, CT
20 years experience male

Locations

Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons

New Milford, CT

Address

120 Park Lane, Suite B203, New Milford, CT
Directions

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Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons

Danbury, CT

Greater Waterbury Retina

Prospect, CT

About

Bio

Dr Richard Scartozzi, MD, FACS, FICS, FAAO, FAPCR, CPI, specializes in diseases & surgery of the retina & vitreous including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular holes & puckers, retinal detachments & tears, eye floaters, complications of cataract surgery, uveitis, retinal vascular occlusions, sutureless vitrectomy surgery, macular eye vitamins, etc. as a Practice Partner at Danbury Eye Physicians & Surgeons. Principal investigator for several retinal clinical trials including the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net). Clinical Instructor at the Yale School of Medicine. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new hea

Specialties
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Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery

Retinal Surgery

Doctor Q&A

617 Answers
568 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
No: It is theoretically possible in a retina that's already at high risk for detaching anyway.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
No: The only eye transplants are corneal transplants. Retinal transplants are in the experimental phase.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: It's not "normal" but it is common. Ms patients can have bouts of double vision or bouts of blurry vision (from optic neuritis). If you have vision pr... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Eye shape: Assuming no pathological processes affecting the antomy of the eye, it is the shape of the eye (curvature of the cornea, state of the lens, length of ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: Old age is not incompatible with good vision, but more diseases become more common as we age like presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneratio... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Time: It will go away within a week or two typically. Avoid blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.). Avoid strenuous activity (heavy lifting, bending, str... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins. Wet (exudative) amd is treate... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Control: Control your blood sugar with the help of your primary care provider or endocrinologist. Stay on top of your eye disease by seeing a retina specialist... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Sort of: Diabetes causes the smaller blood vessels in the body to malfunction (microvasculopathy). This can occur in the retina (diabetic retinopathy), kidney ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: By definition, macula degeneration involves the macula which is the central retina which controls your central (not peripheral) vision.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Most likely: New flashes or floaters and/or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obscuring part of the vision) require an urgent dilated retinal exam ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins and tobacco cessation. Wet (ex... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins. Wet (exudative) amd is treate... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Depression: Depression is extremely common. Do not be embarrassed in seeking help.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: Papilledema by definition is optic nerve swelling due to increased intracranial pressure (icp), thus the treatment is to lower icp with medicine (like... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See a retina special: If there is no retinal pathology, it may be an ocular migraine. Still, it may be best to see a retina specialist for a second opinion to be sure.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
YES!: New or worse symptoms require another dilated retinal exam to make sure you do not have a retinal tear or detachment. Call now!
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See an eye doctor: That are lots of potential reason, from a stye to a serious eyelid skin infection. See an eye doctor asap.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See a retina special: A retina specialist is the correct person to treat the different kinds of diabetic retinopathy. For diabetic macular edema: laser, eye injections of m... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See an eye doctor: It depends. Some causes for a bulging eye can be serious, like thyroid disease or tumors. You must see an ophthalmologist about this.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See an eye doctor: You should see an eye doctor, preferably a retina specialist, for an evaluation if you have not already.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
No: Damage to the optic nerve can not be undone. What was the reason you have optic nerve damage? If you have an ongoing reason for optic nerve damage, yo... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: If there is indeed traction with floaters, i would consider getting laser retinopexy as recommended, even though there are no holes or tears. You coul... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
No: Not every high myope gets lattice degeneration and not everyone with lattice is myopic. It can only be detected on a dilated retinal examination.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: It may be an iris nevus (freckle). You should specifically address this with your eye doctor so they can more closely examine you and determine what i... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: See an eye doctor. You may have a refractive error (you may need glasses or contact lenses). Get checked please.
A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: Gas like c3f8 dissolve away after a few weeks. Silicone oil does not, such that another eye surgery is required to remove the silicone oil. A retina t... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See an eye doctor: New or worse floaters require an urgent dilated retinal exam to rule out serious conditions like retinal detachment. One's thirties in not necessarily... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See an eye doctor: A retina specialist can help. Eye floaters can be removed with vitrectomy surgery, but this is usually considered too invasive for a benign condition.... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: You need a procedure. Sometimes this can be done in the office (pneumatic retinopexy), and sometimes this must be done in the operating room. Can't y... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Two types: Genetic disease affecting the central vision in some older adults. 1. Dry age-related macular degeneration: treated with areds vitamins, tobacco cess... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Not uncommon: More areas of lattice degeneration can develop over time without new symptoms. This is why regular dilated retinal exams are necessary.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: A partial vitreous detachment occurs before a full PVD does. Once the vitreous separates from the optic nerve and macula, it is considered a pvd.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Lots of reasons: It could be dry eye or diabetes or something else. You need to see an eye doctor.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: This may be the result of being on medication drops for so long. You need a good eye exam. Ask your regular eye doctor what's going on.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: You need to see an eye doctor for a dilated retinal exam to rule out possible causes such as posterior vitreous detachment or retinal tear/detachment.... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Need more info: You should get a second opinion by an eye doctor to see if there is any hope for vision for that eye.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
YES!: New or worse eye floaters require an urgent dilated retinal examination.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Rheumatoid: Rheumatoid arthritis puts you at risk for ocular inflammation (scleritis, uveitis, etc.).
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See Below: There are eye drops, lasers, and several kinds of surgery (some new) for this. See a good glaucoma specialist. You're in philly, so try wills eye inst... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: Age-related macular degeneration (amd) is a retinal condition which affects older adults and results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
No: Your prescription tells you if you are myopic, hyperopic, and/or if you have astigmatism. It doesn't tell you how far down the chart you can read, but... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: New/worse eye floaters, flashing lights, and/or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil in one's vision) are symptoms. Rarely it can occur w... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: A retina specialist (a type of ophthalmologist) can laser a retinal tear in the office to lessen the risk of the tear going on to become a retinal det... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See an eye doctor: You may have a slight refractive error requiring glasses or contact lenses. Do you squint because you are light sensitive? You may benefit from sungla... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See below: Floaters, flashing lights, or part of the peripheral vision missing (like a curtain or veil obscuring your vision) indicates the need for an urgent di... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: It depends on the location, severity, and type of retinal damage. Some is treatable and some is not. Need more information to answer this questions.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Calcium/Vitamin: Calcium/vitamin d supplements help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See a retina special: New or worse floaters in your vision or flashing lights or loss of peripheral vision (like a curtain or veil obstructing the vision) could indicate a ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See an eye doctor: Am eye doctor can perform a dilated retinal exam and see if you have any diabetic eye disease.

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Nov 5, 2012
Great feed back and knowledgeable physician. Stimulating responses to a variety of health related issues. I recommend Dr. Scartozzi without reservation.
Nov 3, 2012
Keep up the great work. Great answers. Looking forward to supporting you and building your reputation. Ron (Oral surgeon, orlando).
Dr. Scartozzi is a good Dr..He take care of patients with compassion , love , dedicated and knowledgeable
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you your answers were very helpful for me I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes still trying to adjust and learning what to eat an
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I completely agree! Some things are not worth the money! I would rather be happy then be in horrible work situations!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have not had any light flashes since sat. So I am waiting . The floaters seem to have calmed down

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 2002MD

Residency

LONG ISLAND JEWISH MEDICAL CENTER

Residency

Wills Eye Hospital

Awards

Clinical Instructor, Yale School of Medicine
Manuscript Reviewer, Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging journal
Manuscript Reviewer, Ophthalmology journal

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons, Fellow
American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
American Society of Retina Specialists, Member

Publications

Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment after a lower extremity dog bite: a case report.
Bilateral improvement of persistent diffuse diabetic macular oedema after unilateral intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) injection.
Use of adjuncts in surgery and novel surgical approaches.
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